Sunday, June 05, 2005

Chad Orvella Report

Chad Orvella, RHP, Tampa Bays Devil Rays
Drafted 13th Rd, 2003 Draft, North Carolina State
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 5'11", 190 lbs

I just don't know how this happens. Orvella was a college shortstop with a big arm. The Rays drafted him and moved him to the mound and he hit the ground running. Even with little experience, he has 3 spectacular pitches and good command. His low-to-mid 90's fastball has a ton of movement. His changeup is filthy. And his worst pitch is his slider, which is still better than what you'll see from most good major leaguers. I don't know how a guy just picks up a ball and immediately starts doing this.

2004 Total: 1.71 ERA, 116 K, 10 BB, 42 H, 7 HR, 74 IP
pre-2005 mL Career: 1.46 ERA, 132 K, 11 BB, 48 H, 7 HR, 86 IP

After more of the same, he got the call. He should be more than able to be a dominant reliever. If the Rays want him to be their closer, he'd be great. If they want to keep his arbitration payday to be lower, they could get just as much use out of him giving him multiple inning assignments in tight games in the 7th and 8th. Bad teams like the Rays don't really have much of a reason to carry a designated closer. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on him. He joins the ranks that include Jesse Crain and Akinori Otsuka of closers in waiting, who would set the fantasy world alight if they actually do get a chance. If he was on Atlanta's roster, he'd already have been on SportsCenter 3 times by now.

ETA: Now
4 1/2 Stars

Note: Sorry this is only the second prospect report I've posted since coming back from vacation. I've been pretty busy at work and I've been gearing up for the draft.

Today, I hope to go see Ian Snell pitch for the first time. This is also the first time I'll get to see Brad Eldred.



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